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Joe Battista

Joe Battista has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. He is best known for his effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. “JoeBa” is the owner of PRAGMATIC Passion, LLC consulting, a professional speaker, success coach, and the vice president of the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (NAPSA). He is the author of a new book, “The Power of Pragmatic Passion.” Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 & ’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

It’s Time for Your 'You Review'
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It’s Time for Your 'You Review'
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
What is a You-Review? It’s setting aside at least one hour of uninterrupted time (three to four times a year), without your digital distraction devices, to do an intentional and in-depth self-evaluation of where you are in your life. It’s the ultimate personal accountability session with the ind [Read More]
When Football's Away, We Find Plenty of Ways to Play
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When Football's Away, We Find Plenty of Ways to Play
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
So, what did you do during Penn State football’s bye week and first road weekend of the year? It got me to thinking about what people in Centre County do on fall weekends when there isn’t a home football game, or if they just aren’t football fans. There is plenty to do if you check out what Ce [Read More]
The Penn State-Pitt Rivalry: Show Me the Money
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The Penn State-Pitt Rivalry: Show Me the Money
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s over. With the 100th meeting between Pitt and Penn State this past Saturday, one of the greatest rivalries in the history of college football has come to an end — at least for the foreseeable future. And this is one fan who thinks it’s a damn shame. [Read More]
School Is Back in Session. How Can You Help?
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School Is Back in Session. How Can You Help?
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Education is a team sport and it requires the attention and the efforts of the students, parents, school employees and the general public. Our educational institutions need our help if we are to help kids reach their potential. Our teachers need our support. Educating a child creates a return on inv [Read More]
Take Time to Recharge
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Take Time to Recharge
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Summer vacations should be on everyone’s must-do lists every year. No questions asked, no arguments, and no excuses, you simply need to make this a part of your annual planning and budgeting process. Time will go by and every time you decide to skip a vacation, it will be a missed opportunity that [Read More]
Will Football as We Know It Survive?
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Will Football as We Know It Survive?
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This year marks significant milestones in both professional and college football. While I certainly hope the sport that so many of us love is simply going through a few hiccups, there are those who believe the game as we know it may not survive the next 25 years. [Read More]
The Courage of the Explorer
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The Courage of the Explorer
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
All explorers share common traits of courage and bravery. If it were not for that adventurous spirit many of today’s advances in technology, communications, medicine, psychology, logistics, biomechanics and many more may have never occurred. They certainly would not have happened at the accelerate [Read More]
What Are You Waiting For?
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What Are You Waiting For?
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It is an ailment that strikes down both the poor and the wealthy, the young and the old, male and female. It is a malaise that impacts the lives of even the most organized and successful people at some point. When you procrastinate you end up frustrated, stressed out and disillusioned. [Read More]
Barkley Is Running Free... Sort of
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Barkley Is Running Free... Sort of
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
No, not the football Barkley, but Barkley the dog. For those of you familiar with my column, you know that I periodically give an update about our family dog, the other Barkley. With the dog days of summer just around the corner I felt an update was in order, especially given my last column that des [Read More]
We're Empty Nesters. Now What?
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We're Empty Nesters. Now What?
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
After spending the last 27 years being responsible for not only ourselves and our marriage, but raising three children, my wife and I find ourselves at that watershed moment of becoming “empty nesters.” Yes, we are about to become the parents of three children who have all flown the coop. [Read More]
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